Much like the medical profession, there are as many different types of providers in the law as there are legal problems to solve. While there are simple matters that the average individual can handle themselves, most people who seek the services of an attorney do so for the peace of mind of knowing that an experienced professional is handling their situation.
However, unlike doctors, few lawyers are “general practitioners”. Most attorneys practice within a particular area like criminal law or civil litigation. And even within broad categories like civil litigation, attorneys may only handle certain types of cases. A litigator may do medical malpractice suits but not personal injury accidents from automobiles. Another may handle appellate cases (where a judge or jury has already made a decision that one side wants to appeal). Still other attorneys may combine disciplines where the same clients may have needs in different but related areas. For example, many people who divorce change their wills after the marriage is over to provide for children but exclude a former spouse. Under these circumstances, it would make sense that a family law attorney’s practice might also include some estate planning services. This increases not only business but the number and scope of referrals.
The role of an attorney is to be both an advocate and a guide. Most clients come to their attorney with a problem in need of a solution but not much knowledge about the laws that can provide that solution. An attorney’s job is to navigate clients through an often confusing maze of laws and procedures with the ultimate goal of addressing the client’s grievance. Whether it is aiding a client in filing for bankruptcy or representing an employee at a labor board hearing, a lawyer’s job is to help their client obtain relief, whatever the problem.
In many ways, the practice of law may seem obsolete. Computer software and websites now provide layman with access to more of the forms and knowledge that was once the exclusive province of lawyers. Paralegal companies advertise the ability to generate documents for simple matters for a fraction of the cost of a certified attorney. Still, these companies rarely have the experience of a professional attorney, and in most states, they cannot give legal advice. The advent and development of online document preparation has done little to stem the tide of clients requiring the services of a lawyer. No matter how good, accurate or thorough the technology, it will never replace the experience of receiving face-to-face, individualized advice from an actual lawyer. But if you find yourself incapable of making the trip to an office, visit http://www.oklahomacityokattorneys.com/services-2/ for as much information as possible.